GreenGut Wellness Partners with MINDBODY

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Book packages and get special deals through the popular wellness app

When I first started thinking about changing Quantum Vegan to GreenGut Wellness, I knew I wanted to expand on my existing services. I wanted to bring people more ways to realize the power of balancing gut health and the benefits of a plant-based diet.

That’s why I overhauled my packages, and to make it even easier for you to find and book what you want, I’ve partnered with the popular MINDBODY app. I’m a huge app fan myself, and this wellness tool is a lot of fun to explore and use. It also includes an online platform if you prefer to book from your computer.


Basically, MINDBODY is a one-stop shop for fitness, wellness and beauty services. It’s free to download for iOS and Android, and once you get it set up, you can start browsing for whatever you want in your area. If anyone nearby is running special deals, those will pop up on the screen or when you look at a specific business. Classes and appointments are booked right from the app.

Just like on Google or Yelp, you can leave reviews for your favorite places. But unlike sifting through a bazillion Google listings to find something that sounds even remotely like what you want, MINDBODY breaks everything down by location. When you find a class or service you like, you can save the provider as a favorite so that you can go back and look at their roster any time.

Healthy Gut Services Made Easy

With all its features, I felt MINDBODY was a good fit for GreenGut Wellness. Now that my services are listed in the app, you can:

  • Book a full package from your desktop or mobile device – or if you see me in person!
  • Pay with any major credit card, anywhere, any time
  • View your schedule from the app so that you never miss a session
  • Add GreenGut Wellness as a favorite
  • Rate your experience and leave a review

Confirmations and reminders for your appointments pop up in your inbox or as text messages – whichever works best for you. If you’re the type of person who likes having your whole schedule at your fingertips (or, like me, you do way better when someone reminds you of upcoming events), MINDBODY is a convenient way to manage your personal health plan.

Upcoming Features

Right now, I’m offering my four main packages through MINDBODY. In the future, I’d like to add:

  • A recurring payment option for packages
  • Build-your-own consulting packages
  • Webinars
  • Classes

And I’d love to hear what you want to see! How can GreenGut Wellness make your experience even easier? Let me know how I can help you achieve better health.

Do you use the MINDBODY app? What do you think of it?

Don’t forget to find GreenGut Wellness and mark it as a favorite the next time you sign in! I can’t wait to work with you through this new platform.


Quantum Vegan is now GreenGut Wellness!

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Eating vegan, focusing on gut health and providing the best in plant-based wellness consulting

My friends, it’s been a long road, but I’m finally here. And you’re here with me!

As you may have noticed, things look a little different around here. Okay, quite a lot different. That’s why I’m so excited to be writing this post. Ladies and gentlemen, fellow fans of eating vegan food and everyone who’s looking to improve their health…

Quantum Vegan is now officially GreenGut Wellness!

Why the Change?

After two years of bringing the benefits of plant-based diets to clients, blog readers, social media followers and the veg-curious in New York’s Capital District area, I felt it was time for a change. Quantum Vegan was great as a blog and fun as a business, but it didn’t quite match up with where I felt my interests were tracking.

greengut-wellness-woocommerceWhy GreenGut Wellness?

I’ll admit to being fascinated by the microbiome as a whole, and gut flora in particular. I’ll spend hours reading studies, listening to books and watching videos about it. I’ve been known to stay up too late getting hung up on a particularly interesting bit of information.

Part of this stems from my own struggles with gut health. As I studied nutrition consulting through the Bauman College program, I paid particular attention to the units on digestion, hoping to pick up information that would help me heal from years of imbalance. And I did. By God’s grace, between eating vegan and employing natural remedies, I was able to eliminate some of the more serious symptoms I was experiencing.

Healing your gut is so important because of just how much immune function goes on down there – about 70 percent of immune activity! When you get the gut balanced out, it’s amazing how many other problems start to resolve themselves.

What to Expect

My aim with GreenGut Wellness is to use the power of plant-based diets to help you reach your personal health goals. It’s the same basic approach I had with Quantum Vegan, but with some new features:

  • Focus on digestive health
  • Personalized service packages
  • Packages to book at your convenience
  • Seminars tailored for businesses and organizations

I’m also planning more frequent social media updates with articles, images and videos to bring you the latest and best in the plant-based community. And keep an eye right here on the blog for updates, announcements, recipes and gut health tips.

Stay Connected with GreenGut Wellness!

I’m excited to share this new journey with you! Follow GreenGut Wellness on social media to make sure you don’t miss a minute of it:

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  • Twitter: @green_gut
  • Instagram: @green_gut
  • Pinterest: @green_gut

Ready to get started on the road to better health? Book a customized package today, and see how establishing a healthy gut can transform how your entire body feels.




Red Robin Song Guest House: A Stunning Vegan Retreat in Upstate New York

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August is prime time for “last hurrah” summer vacations. It’s not always easy to pursue the plant-based lifestyle while you’re on the road, but I’m excited to share with you a fantastic little vegan bed and breakfast I discovered not long ago, practically in my backyard.

Located on 85 private acres in New Lebanon, NY, Red Robin Song Guest House is a 100 percent vegan bed and breakfast with the unique distinction of having an onsite animal sanctuary. This cozy retreat is just a short drive from Albany on one side and Pittsfield on the other and is surrounded by popular local attractions such as Jiminy Peak, the Lebanon Valley Speedway and Tanglewood.

I met the owners, Lisa and Jeff at Albany VegFest back in June and had the chance to visit Red Robin Song for myself a couple weeks ago. Setting out in the evening after a very stressful and frustrating day, I was immediately struck by how relaxing the drive was. The road led from a fairly populous area to a quiet, secluded spot in a very short time, and when I pulled in the driveway, I was already feeling better.

Lisa greeted me and gave me a tour of the house and the grounds. Red Robin Song has three comfortable rooms, including the Lily Pad suite with a private bath and Jacuzzi, all with views of the grounds.  Guests at this bed and breakfast in New York have access to WiFi, a communal dining area and a beautiful great room/sitting room.

That was easily my favorite spot in the whole place. It’s comfortably arranged with chairs, couches and a collection of plants bathed in sunlight from big windows. There’s a projector for watching movies or streaming your Netflix account while you’re staying. If you prefer quiet leisure time, the bookshelves are stocked with reading material and games.

Outside, there are plenty of animals to visit with. Currently the sanctuary houses:

  • 4 dogs
  • 6 goats
  • 7 cats
  • A mini donkey and a mini horse
  • A rooster & a hen
  • 4 baby beavers that will be released into the wild next year

Guests can sit in an enclosure with the cats for one-on-one time or walk the many trails on the grounds to see the beaver ponds and other natural attractions. All profits from the bed and breakfast go toward caring for the animals.

Of course, I can’t talk about a vegan bed and breakfast without mentioning the well-stocked kitchen where fresh plant-based meals are prepared for guests every morning. A variety of fresh vegan snacks is available throughout the day. For dinner, check out one of the veg-friendly restaurants in the area before heading back to unwind in the sitting room or hang out with the animals for the evening.

Red Robin Song Guest House is vegan bed and breakfast you don’t want to miss. I was so taken by the relaxing atmosphere and inviting accommodations that I called my mom on the drive home and suggested she and my dad head there for their annual fall getaway. I can’t wait to spend a night there myself.

I think so highly of Red Robin Song that I want to spread the word about their unique location to as many vegans, vegetarians, and veg-curious travelers as possible. That’s why Quantum Vegan and Red Robin Song are coming together to offer a special deal to guests booking multiple nights: the chance to experience all the bed and breakfast has to offer and enjoy wellness consulting services during your stay.

Ask about this package deal when reserving two or more nights for pricing info and more details. We’re offering:

  • All the amenities of Red Robin Song Guest House
  • One hour of personalized consulting
  • A one-on-one plant-based cooking class

It’s still in the early stages, but our goal is to expand this deal into a full wellness retreat. What would you want to see in a vegan health retreat? Share your input in the comments — Lisa, Jeff and I are eager for your opinion!

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The Importance of Using Pure Water for Cooking and Cleaning Food

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As a vegan, you’re already committed to living a healthy lifestyle. You’ve found animal-free recipes that are delicious and easy to prepare, and you’ve already noticed the health benefits that being dairy-free, egg-free and meat-free can offer.

To bring your healthy cooking and eating up a notch, it’s also important to pay attention to the water you use for cooking. While you might already drink bottled or filtered water, filling your pots and pans with high-quality water is just as important.

The potential dangers of tap water

Although the Environmental Protection Agency has set minimum testing schedules for certain pollutants to ensure that our drinking water is safe, it can still become contaminated. For example, it might contain chemicals from industrial waste or minerals like lead or mercury. Some cities fluoridate the tap water or add chlorine, which you may wish to avoid. In many cases, people simply do not like the smell or taste of their local water.

clean and cook with pure waterHow tap water influences the taste of food

When you use tap water to boil pasta or cook veggies, the unpleasant taste is absorbed into the food and can negatively impact the flavor and color of the food. For example, if your city’s tap water contains chlorine, it will bleach veggies as they cook, leaving them looking drab and dull instead of vibrant. Unwanted minerals that make water “hard” can also have an impact on the way yeast performs in dough. If you bake a lot of your own bread and rolls and use tap water in your recipes, you might be frustrated that the baked goods don’t rise properly.

The solution: a high-quality water purifier

To make sure the water that flows from your tap is as clean, healthy and as great-smelling as possible, purchase a high-quality water purifier. This way, you can still take advantage of the convenience of filling your pots from the kitchen faucet without the worry of using water that makes your food look and taste funny. One unique option is the eSpring water treatment system by Amway that combines ultraviolet and carbon filter technology to reduce more than 140 contaminants in water while still allowing beneficial minerals like calcium and magnesium to flow through.

(QV note: I started using a DuPont water filter recently due to concerns about environmental contaminants and have noticed a marked change in the way the water tastes. I do all my cooking with it and make sure only to drink from the tap with the filter installed.)

A few words about washing fruits and veggies

Most of us already know the importance of washing our produce before eating it; in addition to removing soil from the food, it also helps to wash away contaminants and pathogens that can make us ill. To ensure that your fruits and veggies are as clean as possible, you want to do a bit more than rinse them under filtered tap water.

  • First, clean your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap, and wash your fruits and veggies under the filtered water.
  • If the food has a lot of nooks and crannies, like broccoli or asparagus, soak it in filtered water for two minutes and then rinse.
  • Pat the produce dry using a clean paper towel, not the dish towel you used to dry your hands; this will remove even more bacteria from the food.

Please note, even if you are eating only organic fruits and veggies, it’s still important to follow these steps. (QV note: There may not be any pesticides, but produce can get fairly dirty during shipping, packing and stocking!)

Don’t waste all the hard work involved in preparing healthy vegan meals by using unfiltered tap water. Make sure your food looks and tastes amazing by rinsing, washing and cooking your food with high-quality filtered water. Your family will thank you for it.

Thanks to Alison Stanton for this post! Alison has been a freelance writer for the past 15 years. She enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics, and always looks for opportunities to learn about new subjects.

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Guest Recipe: Lee’s Favorite Breakfast Smoothie

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Smoothies are fantastic for summer! The weather here in upstate NY hasn’t quite made up its mind as to what kind of summer it wants to be, but during the blazing hot stretches, I find myself craving something cool.

Smoothies are the perfect way to satisfy that craving! Thick, creamy and versatile, smoothies are the healthy plant-based answer to milkshakes. They’re great for hot mornings when you don’t want a heavy breakfast, or you can take one along to the gym to fuel up after a tough workout.

Today’s decadent smoothie recipe comes from Lee Kaplan, currently from upstate NY but self-described as being “from all over;” she’s lived in 28 different places in her life! She was inspired to go vegan just about three years ago. When she’s not experimenting in the kitchen, she likes to read, listen to music and tidy up around the house. Be sure to try her Kale-Inspired Slow Cooker Greens & Beans, too!

My morning smoothies are very convenient. Not only are they quick, but they’re also portable. By that, I mean I can prepare lunch while I’m sipping on my smoothie. Because it’s thicker than juice, it makes swallowing pills easier (never easy for me).

lees vegan smothie

About swallowing pills, I learned a little trick while interning as a respiratory therapist two decades ago. We watched a film called Follow the Swallow (no, I’m not making that up). Most people toss their heads back when taking pills. This actually makes the “tunnel” tighter. Instead, lower your head like you’re drinking through a straw or at a water fountain. This opens your throat to give the pills more room to flow.

Okay, back to the smoothie.

vegan smoothie ingredients

When I’m running short on time, I put my “flavor” ingredients in the blender first (wet and dry), then add almond milk to the two-cup line, and blend away. Start slow, increasing the power until everything is well-blended. I’ve found this amount usually fills a tall glass perfectly. (QV note: A large to-go bottle is great for taking smoothies on the road!)

bananas for vegan smoothie

Clean up is a snap! Put a squirt of dish soap into the blender and add water to about halfway. Put on the lid, and make a “soapy milkshake” using the high speed setting. Pour out and rinse until clean. That’s it!

Lee’s Favorite Breakfast Smoothie
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This thick and creamy smoothie is just decadent enough to taste like dessert — but healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast or as a snack to go!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1 smoothie

  • ½ of a large banana
  • ½ of an average avocado or ½ cup cooked white beans
  • 1 cup minced fresh spinach
  • 1 Tbsp sugar-free, salt-free powdered peanut butter
  • 1 scoop chocolate vegan protein powder (QV note: try PureFood!)
  • Brewed coffee or hazelnut syrup, to taste
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Almond milk as needed

  1. Place all ingredients except for the almond milk in a blender.
  2. Add almond milk until the liquid hits the 2-cup mark.
  3. Blend until smooth and enjoy right away, or stick it in a to-go cup and bring it along as you tackle the day!

You can substitute ½ Tbsp natural peanut butter for the powdered peanut butter.
Replace the avocado with ½ cup drained and rinsed white beans (or home-cooked) for less fat and more protein.


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Guest Recipe: Vegan Crispy Baked Potato Wedges from Carob Cherub

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It’s been quite a summer already here in QV land–and it’s only just now the “official” start of the season! To celebrate, today’s post is a tasty recipe from Sara at Carob Cherub that makes the perfect side for any summer barbecue. In my opinion, you can’t ever go wrong with roasted potatoes in any form — but especially not the kind that invoke the nostalgia of old-fashioned diner fries.

Over to you, Sara!

Hey, I’m Sara! I’m a health and nutrition coach at Carob Cherub. I lost 70 pounds by eating whole, plant-based foods. I’m passionate about showing the world how to lose weight healthfully. Find more delicious vegan recipes on my website!

oil free vegan crispy baked potato wedges

I’ve been making these tasty and simple potato wedges for a long time now. The key to making crispy potato wedges without out? Temperature differences.

Drastic temperature differences make crunchy potatoes with temperature shock. The high temperature outside quickly creates a crust and seals the moisture in. The inside steams itself with the moisture from the potatoes trapped inside.

What you get after 30-40 minutes is a crispy, puffy potato wedge with a tender center. The delicious crunch of French fries without the heavy oil from frying.

These Crispy Baked Potato Wedges are perfect to serve with your favorite veggie burger or bean chili. Either way, they’re a delicious way to incorporate more wholesome (and cheap!) carbohydrates into your meal.

I usually make them once a week. They’re that good!

oil free vegan crispy baked potato wedges with sauceLook at the picture — can you blame her? I’m betting you’ll be hooked as soon as you try them, too. Enjoy!

You can also follow Carob Cherub on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Oil-Free Crispy Baked Potato Wedges
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Crispy, crunchy, oil-free, salt-free vegan potato wedges. No gluten, soy, nuts or seeds — just pure seasoned potato goodness. It’s all the enjoyment of the drive-thru without the junk!
Serves: 2-4 servings

  • 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg) white potatoes
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. turmeric

  1. Preheat the oven and 1-2 large pans to 450° F (230° C).
  2. Scrub the potatoes well, and remove any eyes or sprouts as necessary.
  3. Slice the potatoes into eights, lengthwise (i.e. cut the potato in half 4 times the long way).
  4. Place the potatoes, spices and vinegar in a large bowl. Toss the potatoes to coat them evenly.
  5. Remove the hot pans from the oven. Stand the potato wedges on their curved sides so the cut edges don’t touch the baking pan.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Taste carefully to test for crispness. If they aren’t crispy enough, bake for 5-10 more minutes.
  7. Devour with your choice of condiments!

oil free vegan crispy baked potato wedges closeup


Dealing with Allergies [Infographic]

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Wow, has it really been over six weeks since the last post? Things have been more than a little crazy here in QV land. I’ve been busy with my Living the Plant-Based Life series and appearances on Focus on Albany — but never fear! I haven’t forgotten about the blog. Today I’m bringing it out of hibernation with an infographic from Blink Health.

Allergies are the result of an immune reaction to an otherwise benign substance. Whether it’s pollen from a field of ragweed or a protein in a food, the body mistakes it for an invader and launches an attack. This is different from an intolerance, which produces symptoms with no immune response, and can range from a runny nose to full-fledged anaphylaxis.

Instances of allergies, especially food allergies, are on the rise in the U.S., so the folks at Blink Health have put together a handy infographic with statistics and suggestions for management. There’s a lot of good info here, so take a look!

Click the thumbnail to view the full image.

blink health allergy infographic

I think it’s interesting to note the number of potential allergies that relate to animal products. For example, I didn’t know it was possible to be allergic to leather (apparently it’s because of the chemicals used to process it)! The best thing, in my opinion, is that allergies can be managed naturally with supplements like bromelain and quercetin. Remember to always consult with your health care practitioner before beginning any supplement regimen.

Stay tuned for new recipes, guest bloggers, event announcements and more. In the meantime, you can keep up with QV on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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